Well, it’s officially been 1 year since Hidden Ponies went live!
That one year has turned this blog from a whim into a seriously fun, if time consuming, hobby, and has gotten us more inspired by food than ever! We’ve moved to a self-hosted site, changed from a one-woman band to a two-woman spectacular, and you may notice we have a great new header to mark this occasion! We’re continually learning when it comes to food styling and photography, new kitchen techniques, and the ins-and-outs of this huge blogging world.
Thank you so much to everyone who has shared this journey with us at any little point in time! Your time spent reading and your comments mean the world to us!
Would you like to share some cake with us to mark this occasion?
This cake is everything you could want in one amazing sugary package – rich, moist vanilla cake, way too much icing, and stunning vibrant colours. I don’t really have a recipe for you, suffice to say you need 2 cake mixes and will use about a heaping 3/4 cup of batter per layer and mix each 6th in a bowl with a different colour of the rainbow (ideally using gel food colour since it’s much more vibrant with much less colour added), then make a triple batch of icing and go to town.
Full credit for this cake goes to my sister Sarah, whose idea it was to make it, who baked all the cakes, who held K-fer while I did the icing, AND who took all the pictures! Pretty amazing, right? Who votes she takes up full time food photography and joins us here all the time?
My favourite part about making this cake with our 5 children underfoot was when we wanted to photograph it before letting them eat it. Sarah’s kids are totally used to her taking pictures of people/clothes/headbands/etc., but food was a new one. Her oldest repeatedly asked me, when I told him we wanted to take pictures so the kids couldn’t touch or decorate the cake for us but had to wait and decorate their own individual pieces, “You’re tricking, right?”, “Mom, is Auntie Anna tricking me?”, and “Noooo, you’re being silly, right?” Too cute :)
So, thank you again to everyone who takes the time to read our little section of the internet, and, as always, feel free to shout out suggestions, requests, preferences…anything! We love to hear from you :)
Kathleen Richardson says
Congratulations on the 1-year anniversary, Anna and Chelsea. You’re doing a great job with this blog. Now you’ve introduced Sister Sarah. Are there any more sisters?
The cake is lovely. I’m thinking of doing a multi-colored one like that for my g’son’s 5th birthday and my daughter reminded me not to use pink or similar hues; your colors would work, especially when topped with Thomas the Tank Engine.
Can I answer that question?? I am the terribly proud mother of 5 extremely beautiful, supremely intelligent, multi-talented daughters, three of whom are married and have given me three gorgeous granddaughters and 3 handsome grandsons (so far ;) ), of whom I am also terribly proud. The three oldest you have already ‘met’…Sarah, Anna and Chelsea…the 2 youngest, Erin and Emily, I’m sure you will meet some day soon. :) God has so richly blessed my husband and I :)
Haha, thanks Mom :P And yes, Kathleen, there are 5 of us sisters :) I haven’t gotten around to introducing the babies of the family yet :)
Kathleen Richardson says
Good job, Kim!
Congrats! Had one of those cakes on my to do list. Thanks for the inspiration :)
What a colorful way to celebrate…Thanks for a year of delicious posts!
Sencillamente espectacular, perfecta , da pena hasta comersela,felicidades sois una artistas de la reposteria.
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Katie | Healthnut Foodie says
This is so pretty! One of my girlfriends (also a health nut) made this cake using fruit and veggie purees to color the layers for her daughters 5th birthday. I was so impressed. Happy Birthday Hidden Ponies!
That’s a great idea! We talked about trying it but figured the colours wouldn’t have been as vibrant – do you know what fruits she used?
Happy Blogoversary! I love the hidden vibrancy of this cake – the colours are amazing :D
Wow, now that’s a Celebration cake. The colours are gorgeous, and festive and I love the way all that frosting oozes through each layer!
The new header looks great too!
Meg @ Sweet Twist says
Happy 1 year!!! You guys have done an amazing job, lots of awesome recipes!
Can’t wait to see the next year.
Nice work! Love all your posts, and I think that cake looks tasty- could use a piece right now ;)
Wow 1 year already! You ladies have done an awesome job…can’t wait to see what year 2 holds! And yes, I vote Sarah take up food photography and join you on here! way to go ladies!
Yippie for the one year mark!!
Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says
Happy Anniversary! I love your blog!! The cake is beautiful!!!
Nancy Meerstra says
Congratulations ladies, keep it coming. Love the cake and I can totally hear Lucas saying that :o)
Sylvia@peaches and donuts says
Happy Blogaversary!!!! That’s such a happy looking cake!! Perfect for the occasion!!
Congratulations and now into your second year, it will be fun to see what you do. Love that cake!
Alicia Louwerse says
Happy Birthday!! Thanks for a great blog! I enjoy reading your posts, and trying your recipes :)
Congratulations! I love your site, your recipes and you and your sister’s sense of humor. I always get a chuckle from reading your blog. Keep up the great work!
Congratulations to both of you. I admire the dedication it takes to keep on posting and making food/treats to post about. Although I love how this cake looks I have to agree with your mother and say that the thought of taking a bite of that makes me cringe.
Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry says
Congrats! And what a bright, fun looking cake to celebrate too :)
PS I love your new header :)
Love your blog – I’ve made so many recipes that you have recommended and loved every one of them! Keep up the awesome work!
Yay, 1 year! :) Hopefully only the first of many more to come. :) And what a cheery cake!
Happy anniversary!!! You guys (girls) are doing a great job and I love seeing what you have come up with next, and I’m not just saying that because I’m your mom ;) Must say though that your rainbow cake is the first one I’ve seen from your collection of sweets that made my teeth go on edge without even biting into it. :P But I can see why my adorable grandchildren would be wanting to dig in :) Keep making your momma proud :)
Congrats! great cake!!! poor L, G and D having to wait for the cake! :)
Congrats! What a beautiful cake. Keep up the blogging- I for one, really enjoy it! :)
happy birthday to Hidden Ponies! Mine is Friday. Seems like there are lots of “blogiversaries” around this time. Perfect cake to celebrate too!